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Heaven and Hell Symbolism in Macbeth
Transcript of Heaven and Hell Symbolism in Macbeth
Character 1 : The Witches
Atmosphere, Setting and Character are all heavily used to show heaven and hell
Dark decisions made in the play are usually influenced by hell
Nature always revolts when bad decisions are being made or have already happened
The blinded decisions as well as the happy choices made in the play are usually implied as being from heaven
Heaven and Hell
Symbolism in Macbeth
Background Information Quotation One
"[...] Put a rancor in the vessel of my peace only for them ; and mine eternal jewel Given to the common enemy of man,(3:1:71-73)."
My soul was once filled with peace but has since been introduced to the evil, malice and hatred of demonic power. On top of this, my eternal soul is sold to the devil.
Spoken when Macbeth realizes he is no longer at peace with himself
Macbeth sees that where his soul used to be light, its been introduced to evil
Macbeth contemplates murdering Banquo in this scene
Spoken after Duncan's death was discovered and everyone has dispersed.
The Old Man and Ross know evil powers are to blame for the unnatural occurrences
It's midday and the sky is black.
" Thou see'st the
, as troubled with man's act, Threaten his bloody stage: by the clock, 'tis day,
dark night strangles
the travelling lamp:
, or the day's shame, That
darkness does the face of earth entomb.
"This castle hath a pleasant seat; the senses are soothed by the brisk, sweet air (1:6:1-3)".
The look of this castle is pleasing to the senses. It is very beautiful."
You see that all of heaven is troubled by the crimes of mankind, and so they threaten the Earth during this murderous moment. Even though the clock says it's morning, evil spirits of darkness cover the world in night; snuffing out the heaven's light. Is it because evil is stronger or that the day is ashamed of deeds done in secret that the earth is shrouded with a black cover?
Spoken after Macbeth has decided upon the murder of Banquo
Macbeth is speaking to himself about the night
Macbeth refuses to include Lady Macbeth in his planning
" Light thickens, and the crow makes wing to th' rooky wood.
Good things of day begin to droop and drowse;
Whiles night’s black agents to their preys do rouse (3.2.52-55)"
The day is ending and the sky is darkening.The crows are going home to the rocky woods. All that is good is falling to sleep while the evils of the night wake up to catch their prey.
Spoken when Malcolm is describing the goodness of King Edward to Macduff
A description of the benifits that being a good King brings
"But at his touch—such sanctity hath heaven given his hand—They presently amend."
An Interesting Thought
Key Quotes : Background Info/Context and Paraphrase
Spoken when the king's arrived at Inverness and is outside the gates
The king describes the ideal perfection of the castle's entrance and how peaceful it makes him feel
Atmospheric Significance One
His actions resulted in the loss of his soul to the devil
His peace and goodness have dissappeared never to return
His nature increasingly turns more demonic from here
The atmosphere around him is very dark
Spoken when Ross announces to Macbeth and Banquo that Macbeth is Thane of Cawdor
Banquo asks himself about the truth that is coming from the questionable characters of the witches
"What, can the devil speak true? (1.3.113)"
Can the devil tell the truth?
Character: King Edward
But when he touches them, So strong is the power that beings of heaven gave him, that the a instantly healed.
Atmospheric Significance Two
The king is always blinded by outer beauty
Inverness appears heavenlike and beautiful to him
An overall atmosphere of peace and happiness is sent
This is the way Duncan interprets the scene
Macbeth comments on the darkening of the sky
He believes that evil awakens best at night
He thinks the brightness of day is always overpowered by "nights black agents"
Crows represent evil, and even they are going home, implied: the night is too evil, even for some creatures of evil
The world has become so wicked that heaven is troubled
The deeds in Scotland are upsetting nature
The sun has been overpowered by darkness to hide the crimes
Actions and decisions go downhill from here
Nature is fighting itself and order is being destroyed.
In the end, hell is the dominant theme in this story, and most of the decisive choices are made with evil influences backing them and evil intentions heading them.
Character Significance Two
Banquo is questioning himself about Macbeth
Banquo is figuring out what Macbeth plan is
Malcom is explaining the character traits of being a good king
Also the benefits of being a king